June is always a busy month for us. We have two birthdays and other stuff just keeps cropping up all the time. Our lives are always busy anyway, with three kids, three schools (OK, not right now) and loads of after school activities. But this year, with one child just finished GCSEs and one about to leave primary school, June has taken on a whole new level of craziness. Things that I should be enjoying just become a massive chore to get through because there’s so many of them and I just need to get through one thing before getting on to the next.
Well, apart from seeing Little Mix. That wasn’t a slog or a chore, that was totally amazing and I would recommend anyone to go and see them.
This is what last week was like. This is in addition to all of the usual extra-curricular stuff we do – five dance lessons a week, Scouts, Explorers, athletics club etc etc:
- Wednesday – daughter’s swimming gala
- Wednesday – daughter’s school concert
- Thursday – daughter’s secondary school open evening
- Friday to Sunday – boys at different camps (I had a two and a half hour round trip to take eldest to his)
- Friday – daughter’s athletics competition
- Friday – daughter’s friend staying over because his parents were away (not a ‘proper’ sleepover!)
- Saturday – daughter’s dance show dress rehearsal
- Saturday – we went to see Little Mix!
- Sunday – daughter’s dance show (including me chaperoning for five hours)
Phew! What a week! It would be better this week, right?
- Monday – son’s prom
- Tuesday – son’s 16th birthday! (That’s not a chore or a slog either)
- Tuesday – daughter’s sports day
- Wednesday – small family birthday party for son (not a chore or a slog)
- Thursday – younger son doctor’s appointment
- Thursday – son’s 6th form induction
- Friday – younger son’s inset day
- Friday to Sunday – daughter and eldest on different Scout camps (including driving them to both camps)
It’s not going to get much easier in July either. This whole leaving school thing means loads of extra activities, plus the induction days for the new school. Then there is at least one child camping every weekend until the middle of July.
Maybe I’ll get a break in August before we descend into September and new school madness…